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I’m Sorry Isn’t Good Enough

Posted: Wednesday, December 9

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Joel 1:1-3:21
Revelation 1:1-20
Psalm 128:1-6
Proverbs 29:18 

 

Verse of the day:

Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish. (Joel 2:13)


Have you ever had some say the words “I’m sorry” to you but you knew in their heart they weren’t sorry?  They were saying the right words on the outside but on the inside there was no remorse or desire for change in behavior.  Kids are some of the most obvious offenders in this area. You catch them doing something wrong and in order to avoid the consequence they quickly start saying “I’m sorry! I’m sorry!” As adults we aren’t exempt from doing this either. We offend someone with what we say and so we say, “I’m sorry” but in our hearts we aren’t. 

 

 

What often happens then is we carry this behavior into our relationship with God. We sin and say “sorry” to God but there is no heart change or change in future behavior. What God desires instead of just outwardly saying I’m sorry, or outwardly pretending to be sorry is to truly grieve and be repentant in our hearts. Then out of a truly repentant heart take the steps to outwardly make restitution and change behavior.  

 

 

Like a good parent, God’s desire is not just to punish us, His heart is full of love towards His children and wants to guide us to what is right and best for us.  He is slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. God sent His Son to earth to die for each of our sins. When you find that you have given into sin instead of quickly just saying “I’m sorry” take the time to really let the Holy Spirit work on your heart so that there can be inward change that will have a lasting effect.